TC9 Basic Tower Climber and Rescue

The Mast and Tower Safety Group (MATS), in collaboration with the Energy, Utility and Skills Register (EUSR) accreditation scheme.

  • Duration: 18 guided learning hours over 3 consecutive days
    Delegate to Trainer ratio: 6 Students to 1 Instructor

    Course Overview

    This course will provide a solid foundation for those who are new to the telecommunications industry and introduces prospective climbers to work on communications masts and towers. The Basic Tower Climber and Rescue course introduces techniques and equipment to allow people access to all areas of communications masts and towers, this includes work on open steelwork. This course will provide students with key information and the knowledge required to work safely at height. Training covers the key characteristics and limitations of personal fall protection equipment (PFPE), how to climb fixed ladders using a range of fixed fall arrest systems and how to climb open steelwork using lanyards and fall ropes. The course will also equip students with the skills required to undertake the rescue of an injured workmate stranded on a mast or tower. Regarding rescue, the training covers the limitations and use of dedicated abseil rescue equipment commonly found in the telecommunications industry. The course can be tailored to your specific rescue/abseil descent equipment.



  • Course Prerequisites

    Delegates shall be of 18 years of age or over, be physically fit and have a head for heights, have undertaken and passed a suitable fitness assessment/ medical for climbing and working at heights in accordance with MATS Group Guidance GN005 Medical Requirements for Climbing Masts and Towers

    Who Should Attend?

    This course is generally aimed at people new to the telecommunications industry who wish to work on a masts or towers.

    Course Objectives & Content

    • Health and safety legislation and standards
    • Assessment of hazards and risks
    • PFPE fitting, characteristics, inspection, and care
    • Restraint, positioning and fall arrest techniques
    • Anchor point selection and checking
    • Awareness of fixed fall arrest systems
    • Practical climbing with fall ropes, and Self Retracting Lifelines (SRL’s)
    • Tie all knots demonstrated during the course
    • (Bowline, clove hitch, figure of eight)
    • Dealing with syncope (before and aftereffects)
    • Rescue hierarchy
    • Rescue equipment fitting, characteristics, limitations, inspection, use and care
    • Remote lowering of a casualty
    • Demonstrate a `Snatch’ or `Pick-off’ rescue
    • Use of tension pilot wires (cable way)

    Certification: Upon successfully completing the programme, delegates will qualify for registration on the Energy, Utility and Skills Register (EUSR) for Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue; a unique ID No and a 1-year certification. will be provided.


    • Health and safety at work act 1974
    • Working at height regulations 2005
    • BS 8437 COP for the selection, use and maintenance of fall protection systems and equipment for use in the work place
    • BS 8454 COP for delivery of training and education for work at height and rescue


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